A more beautiful downtown

I am writing to thank the dedicated volunteers who have helped with recent downtown beautification projects. These projects, led by the Montpelier Alive Design Committee, help contribute toward a more attractive and vibrant downtown, and we could not have completed them without volunteer support. The North Branch River Art project, led by Design Committee Chair Didi Brush, was inspired by […]

Revisioning Cabot schools

Contrary to the assertion of our School Board chairman (“Cabot cuts high school sports in latest plan,” Times Argus, May 11), the “cost of the tax increase” was not my “overriding concern” when I voted against the two failed Cabot School budget proposals. Like the school directors, I base my decisions on “what’s best for the kids.” For at least […]

Can you do better?

In the topsy-turvy world that is Montpelier these days, no topic seems to generate as much heat and as little light as school funding. The fun began last year about this time when Gov. Phil Scott thought it might be politically expedient to actually overreach his “No New Taxes” campaign pledge with what, at first blush, looked like the almost […]

Trump’s poster child

Scott Pruitt is the poster child for the Trump administration. He represents the crime and corruption that is rampant throughout the White House and those appointments Trump has made. Novel concept — as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it is his job to protect our country from environmental degradation. But what he has done is remove, destroy and […]

Vote ‘yes’ in Plainfield

I am writing to urge you to vote “Yes” for the purchase of the Gallison property (opposite the Plainfield Town Hall Opera House) this Thursday, May 17th. This action was sanctioned by our Select Board on two separate occasions (once in 2016 when Bram Towbin was chair and again in 2017 when Betsy Ziegler was chair), and was approved by […]

Road work

Hello, Washington/Montpelier, we have an infrastructure problem. Most of us understand that nationally our infrastructure is crumbling. Whether it be interstate highways, bridges, other federal and state highways, local roads or rail, our transportation infrastructure is in sad need of repair. Not to mention other important items like water, stormwater and sewage systems that are in desperate need of repair, […]

Amtrak Armageddon?

Tax dollars subsidize 70 percent of public transit and Amtrak operating costs and 100 percent of the capital costs. Nationally, a higher percentage of people who earn more than $75,000 a year take transit, more than any other income class. Even with subsidies, ridership has declined 4.4 percent from 2014 to 2016. People’s transportation methods are changing. A recent CATO […]

May is Physical Fitness and Sports month

May 2018 is Physical Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont, as proclaimed by Gov. Philip B. Scott. He will sign the proclamation on May 10, 9:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the State House. Health Commissioner Mark Levine and myself, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will speak about the importance of physical […]

Vote ‘yes’ in Plainfield

Plainfield residents will vote for the second time in a little more than two months on whether to purchase the Gallison House property across Route 2 from our vibrant Town Hall Opera House. I urge a “yes’” vote. The Gallison House would provide much-needed parking for the Opera House. But it would also boost the town’s ongoing efforts to enhance […]

Trump lies increasing

Trump has averaged more than six lies a day since he took office. “The overall audience was, I think, the biggest ever to watch an inauguration address, which was a great thing” — Jan. 26, 2017. It is easy to ignore, but the lives he is putting at risk when he is ready to just tear up one nuclear arms […]

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